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Scholarships available for New Farmer Training. Graduates can Farm On-site using Project Equipment.

Posted: December 11, 2013

The Seed Farm's intensive organic vegetable training program includes 500 hours of training on our 45-acre farm in Emmaus, PA, and 100 hours of formal workshops and classes.

Participants build skills and create their own production and business plans. Graduates of the training program may then apply for admission into our agricultural incubator, where they can start their own farms on Lehigh County-owned land with access to equipment, greenhouse & cooler space and continued mentorship. The Application Deadline has been extended.

Making the leap from farm worker to farm owner is difficult --or seemingly impossible-- without the land, equipment and capital to get started. The Seed Farm training program gives our apprentices experience in such key areas as management, tractor/equipment use, business planning and marketing. The incubator portion of the program then allows participants to start their businesses, building credit, a customer base and skills, while receiving continued support from a community of farmers.

In order to be eligible for admission, applicants must have:

  • One or more years of experience on a working farm;
  • Dedication to sustainable agriculture and farming;
  •  The intention to start a farm business; and
  •  20+ hour per week availability.

Full and partial scholarships are available!

Full-time apprentices will be paid for non-training hours.

If you are ready to move from farm worker to farm owner, we encourage you to explore our new farmer training program. For more information and application materials, visit theseedfarm.org or call The Seed Farm Executive Director, Lindsey Parks, at (610) 391-9583 ext. 16. We strongly recommend that prospective applicants schedule a visit to The Seed Farm in order to meet our Farm Manager and current apprentices as well as to get a feel for the training program.

Contact Information

Lindsey Parks
  • Seed Farm Executive Director